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“Penguins, People and Walkways”
Review of Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach
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Ultimate Cape Point Full-Day Tour from Cape Town
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Full-Day Cape Point & Cape Peninsula Sightseeing Tour from Cape Town
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The sheltered inlet of Boulders Beach is located in the Cape peninsula near Simon's Town. Here exists a protected colony of African penguins which can be viewed in their natural habitat via wooden walkways. There is also an excellent beach for swimming nearby.
Huntington Beach, California
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“Penguins, People and Walkways”
Reviewed 20 September 2010

My wife and I visited Boulders Beach as part of a tour of southern Africa. I've seen penguins in the Galapagos Islands, Ushuaia, Argentina, South Georgia Island and in their major colonies in the Antarctica. At Boulders Beach, we only had time to visit the "tourist attraction" beach complete with walkways and fences to keep the humans in check. While it is not the same as visiting them in the Antarctica, particularly with the plastic shelters, fences and walkways, it is a good alternative that allows visitors to see the penguins sleeping, walking around, swimming and going about their daily lives. For the most part, they seemingly paid no attention to the humans who were watching them. The interpretative center offers excellent information about the penguins and some souvenirs. Entrance Fee is R35 (approx US$5).

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“Cutest Thing I Ever Saw”
Reviewed 2 September 2010

Nothing like seeing penguins at a zoo. The penguins were so fun to watch. Playing and swimming in the crisp waters and sunning on the pristine beach. There were also penguins spending time in the bushes and rocks. I cannot help but smiling and laughing every time I look at my pictures. What a treat. I could have watched them for hours. I did go in August so it was not crowded at all.

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Toronto, Canada
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“An unique experience of being so close to the little penguins!”
Reviewed 17 August 2010

The visit to the Boulder Beach Penguins Colony was an unique experience of being so close to the little penguins! Be careful not to walk too close to them as you will scare them away. You can freely walk around the area where these little penguins roam; they were so adorable!

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“If you like penguins go there!!”
Reviewed 5 August 2010

Boulders beach is about 40 minutes drive from the V&A waterfront and a nice drive with your own car. Many tours also go there so it is easy to visit this place. Going down the road with the sea on the left you cannot miss it it is well signed. There is a vistors center where you buy the tickets and you have two wooden boardwalks which lead you dwon to the beach. The setting is marvellous the penguins have chosen a very nice bay with lots of good looks and very picturesque boulders. Depending on the season you see more or less activity but you can be sure to see a lot of penguins pretty up close. Take care to look under the boardwalk which goes right from the visitor center. If you continue from the visitor centers along the coast you come to the beach where you can actually swim with penguins. The main beach can be quite crowded by humans and so offer not many penguins but if you are physically fit you can climb a bit and come to more private areas. Be careful penguins use their beaks to defend themselves so if you get to close it might hurt.
All in all if you like Penguins this is the warmest place close to Europe (the penguin parade in Philipp Island is in Australia, so far away) where you can get really close to these animals. If you are on a tour you might feel a bit pressed, we took three hours each the two times we were there.

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“Yet another unique animal to see in South Africa”
Reviewed 16 November 2009

Although the R35/adult fee was surprising (I expected this attraction to be free of charge), and maybe even a bit pricey, it's well worth the money! These adorable little birds are a unique addition to the hefty list of wildlife you can see in South Africa! There are usually at least 100 penguins on the beach, many lying in their nests in the sand. During spring (mid- to late-October), the penguins may be hiding under the boardwalk with the newborns.

Easy 200 meter walk to the entrance from the parking lot. Short walk on wooden boardwalk from entrance to the penguin viewing area.

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